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Kenya’s black market baby trade: A mother’s choice

Kenya's black market baby trade: A mother's choice

She told Adama that her buyers were loving parents unable to conceive, who would provide for a much-wanted child. But in reality Auma will sell a baby to someone who walks in off the street with the right amount of cash. Auma also tells expectant mothers that she is a former nurse, but she does not have the medical equipment, skills, or sanitation to deal with a serious problem during childbirth. “Her place was dirty, she would use a small container for blood, she had no basin, and the bed was not clean,” Adama recalled. “But I was desperate, I didn’t have a choice.”

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Visual Activist Zanele Muholi on Documenting Black, Queer Life in South Africa

Bester I, Mayotte 2015

In the portrait Bester I, Mayotte, the sitter’s eyes stare directly at the camera, practically boring a hole in the lens. Their lips are painted white, their hair and ears adorned with clothespins. The self-portrait of Zanele Muholi is striking on its own, but it does not stand alone. It’s a continuation of the work they have been doing for close to two decades, documenting the lives of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in townships in South Africa.

 

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Eyewitnesses say Nigerian forces shot at protesters in Lagos

Demonstrators have taken part in daily protests across the country for nearly two weeks over widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment, and extortion by a police unit know as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Tuesday saw the state governor impose a 24-hour curfew and deploy anti-riot police to the city.

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